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Penn Law Alumni Society Honors Five Graduates with Awards

Penn Law IRAP Spring Break Service Program

Are You a '2' or a '7'?

Class Notes

Benefactors Dinner

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In Our Back Yard...Philly Alumni Club Launch

Alumni Admissions Volunteers Needed

Penn Law Fiber Arts Club

Getting More: CLE Series

CP&P at Your Service

Penn Law Vintage T-Shirt Collection

Caption Contest

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Washington Seminar

Penn Law Washington Seminar Series: Are the Branches of Government Broken?

In November in Washington, D.C., Penn Law hosted a high-level panel attended by a standing-room-only audience in the National Press Club ballroom, which examined whether the branches of the federal government are able to effectively compromise to carry out the people’s business – or if instead we are headed into a state of permanent crisis, or gridlock, exacerbated by the 2012 election cycle.

Panelists included Michael A. Fitts, Dean of the Law School; Arlen Specter C’51, former U.S. Senator (D-PA) and Adjunct Professor of Law at Penn Law; and the Hon. Gene E.K. Pratter L’75, Judge for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. David Mark, senior editor at POLITICO, served as moderator. More »

Peter Detkin The Game Changer: Peter Detkin EE'82, L'85

When the public radio program "This American Life" makes your company the focus of an hour-long story that was five months in the making, you've arrived.

Say hello to Peter Detkin EE'82, L'85, founder and vice chairman of Intellectual Ventures.

In that radio story, "When Patents Attack," a venture capitalist who was an early investor in Twitter compared Detkin's Intellectual Ventures to a "mafia shake-down," a characterization Detkin found "ridiculous and offensive." After the story aired nationwide on July 22, a blogger at Prawfs Blawg complained: "The reporters begin and end from an unapologetic stance that patent litigation is destructive...They are entirely dismissive of the idea that patents in the high-tech world promote and protect innovation." Detkin is accustomed to being at the epicenter of heated claims and counter-claims about patent law – he's a former head of litigation at Intel, after all – and he's argued both sides of the debate about whether patent law protects or impedes technological innovation. More »

Dean Michael Fitts Faculty and Student News

Four Penn Law faculty appointed to named professorships

Pinochet prosecutor among this year's Bok Visiting International Professors

Tara Grigg Garlinghouse L'13 first recipient of Alan Lerner Fellowship in Child Welfare Policy

Michael Martinez JD/MBA '11: The best of both worlds (video)


Alumni Awards Penn Law Alumni Society Honors Five Graduates with Awards

On October 6, 2011, five University of Pennsylvania Law School graduates — with expertise ranging from human rights law to sex discrimination to judicial reform — were honored for their career achievements, pro bono work, service to the legal profession and service to the Law School. More »
IRAP Spring Break Service Program Penn Law IRAP Spring Break Service Program

For the first time, Penn Law is offering a unique and exciting opportunity exclusively for Penn Law alumni to join current Penn law students in a global public service program. From March 2 to 11, 2012, the Penn Law Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) will travel to Amman, Jordan, to work with Iraqi refugees who are seeking resettlement in the United States. This year, Penn Law alumni are invited to join IRAP students in this unforgettable pro bono program. More »
Reunion Are You a “2” or a “7”?

Class years ending in 2s and 7s will celebrate Law School reunions next May. We hope you will save the date and make plans to join us for Alumni Weekend on May 11 and 12, 2012. In addition to a variety of panel discussions and talks, tours of the new building and class receptions, alumni will have an opportunity to renew old friendships, celebrate classmates' successes, and reminisce about time spent at Penn Law. Visit the Reunion website or call the Alumni Office at 216-898-4475 for more details.

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Class Notes (Here are just a few current class notes. Look for them all in the upcoming issue of the Penn Law Journal.)

Rudolph Contreras L'91 was nominated by President Obama to be a judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Rudolph is currently chief of the civil division in the office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.

Lisa C. Goodheart L'85 is serving a term as president of the Boston Bar Association. Lisa is a partner at the Boston civil litigation firm Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, PC, where she focuses her practice on environmental, real estate and business litigation disputes. 

Henry Hoberman C'82, L'85 has been appointed to oversee global legal affairs and intellectual property protection for the Motion Picture Association of America. Since 2008, Henry has served as the executive VP, general counsel and secretary of RHI Entertainment, Inc. He is a member of the Law Alumni Society Board of Managers at the Law School.

Scott Mead L'82 has begun to showcase his photography talents in a number of exhibitions, with his most recent works being shown at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition. Scott is an investment banker.

Simon David Mitchell G'99, L'02, GR'08 has been named a faculty fellow for the Supreme Court of Missouri. Simon, an associate professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, plans to spend a year analyzing reentry programs in Missouri to help prison offenders on release have a more favorable chance of succeeding and assist the state in its efforts to reduce prison populations.

Patty Shwartz L'86 has been nominated for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit by President Obama. Patty has served as a magistrate judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey since 2003 and teaches as an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law.

Robert and Jane Toll The Benefactors Dinner

Support from alumni has a direct correlation with the Law School's ability to attract top legal scholars from around the world, to offer a rich curriculum and to provide financial assistance to deserving students.

Penn Law recognizes the generous support of alumni donors each year at the annual Benefactors Dinner. This year, more than 165 alumni donors and friends were treated to cocktails and dinner at the new National Museum of American Jewish History on Independence Mall. Following dinner, four alumni, the Hon. Harold Berger EE'48, L'51; John Gallagher L'76; Earl Franklin L'68; and Bob Toll L'66, were honored for their extraordinary support of Penn Law School.

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Alumni Club In Our Back Yard...Philly Alumni Club Launch

Over 50 alumni attended the new Penn Law Philadelphia Alumni Club Kick-Off event at The Corner bar in Center City in October. The group, led by eight local alumni, is planning more networking nights, a student-alumni day of service for Philabundance this winter, and a joint event with the local Wharton Club. Ideas are welcome and participation is encouraged! Please contact Matthew Olesh L ‘07 at Learn more about our 34 other Penn Law regional and affinity groups here and their events around the world here.

Viewbook Cover Alumni Admissions Volunteers Needed

Are you interested in helping the Admissions Office with its post-recruiting efforts? If so, please consider reaching out to admitted students to discuss your Penn Law experience and how that experience has helped inform your career. This outreach will take place in March when the Admissions Committee, with the help of the Post-Acceptance Committee of the Law Alumni Society, will match approximately five admitted students with each interested alum. Alums will then email, call or otherwise set up a meeting with their assigned admitted students. If you are interested in helping out, please fill out this form. Thank you for your consideration!


Fiber Arts Club Penn Law Fiber Arts Club

Life in law school isn't always about contracts. Sometimes it's about crochet. At the Penn Law Fiber Arts Club, students take a much-needed break from studying to knit and crochet, chat, and relax.

“You're working on a project, relaxing and talking with friends — it's really easy to forget where you are and not worry about law school stuff for a little while,” says Kendra Nickel, a 3L and the club's co-president.

Kendra says she's no arts and crafts expert, and mostly sticks with simple hats and scarves. But in this group it doesn't matter: they welcome all skills levels and all types of projects, whether it's knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, or anything else that involves yarn or string.

The members work on their own designs during the bi-weekly meetings, and can pitch in on group service projects, too. Right now they're making scarves for former foster children who have aged out of the system through the Red Scarf Project.

The best part, according to Kendra, is getting to know the other students. “It's a really diverse group,” she says. “The people who come don't necessarily know each other outside of the Fiber Arts Club. So it's a nice way to meet people here who share common interests.”

"Getting More:" CLE series

Professor Stuart Diamond is offering a four-part CLE series based around his best-selling book and award-winning course at Penn Law and Wharton, “Getting More.” The event will be broken into four independent modules covering skills and ethics in a variety of contexts. The courses will be held at Penn Law on the evenings of December 12, 14, 19, and 21 at $129 per session.

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Vintage T-shirts Penn Law Vintage T-shirt Collection

The Development & Alumni Relations office and Student Affairs at the Law School are joining forces to create an archive of Penn Law T-Shirts (and other good stuff!). The goal of the project is to build a library of attire from years past, to be displayed during special occasions and reunion weekends. We hope to gather shirts highlighting student groups, clubs, sports teams, special events, graduating classes, and anything else Penn Law-related. We do have small core to begin with, although we hope to have as broad a collection as possible. If you have a T-Shirt buried in a drawer, a box, or a closet, and you'd like to donate it to the T-Shirt Archive, please send it to:

Gary Clinton/Dean of Students
Penn Law School
3400 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Donors will be acknowledged by a card pinned to the shirt they donate.

Vintage T-shirts
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Caption Contest

As a new feature to the Jurist, we will be holding a “Funniest Caption” contest. We invite you to examine the included photo and come up with your funniest caption. Five winners will be selected and have their captions and names published in the next issue. Winners will also receive prizes for their efforts. The first-prize winner will receive a Penn Law gift-set including an engraved Penn Law corkscrew, a Penn Law keychain, and a Penn Law business card holder. The remaining four winners will each receive an engraved Penn Law corkscrew. Please send your responses to Madison Eggert-Crow at We look forward to hearing from you!


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